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The top challenger to Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg is dropping out of the race, having suffered a minor stroke.

Anne Evans Estabrook dropped out of the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in New Jersey today, saying she had suffered a minor stroke.

In a statement from her campaign, Estabrook said that when she looked in the mirror Monday morning she noticed "the left side of my face was drooping slightly and I was losing control of my left arm."

The 63-year-old went to Monmouth Medical Center, near her Spring Lake home, where doctors confirmed she had suffered a stroke.

She reported she did not suffer long-term damage, but she noted it could happen again.

It seems as if she'll be all right, which is wonderful. I wish her and her family the best, and hope she makes a full and speedy recovery.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Mar 05, 2008 at 10:57 AM PST.

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